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The overwhelming happiness and excitement that comes from choosing Hawaii as your next holiday destination can quickly turn to confusion when you try to work out which island?
Each of the six islands are perfect and this struggle is a real one… but not for long. Whichever one you pick, you’re in for a sensational holiday. And with a little insider knowledge you can pick the Island that’s right for you.
Oahu is the home of the Hawaiian monarchy and the official seat of government in America’s 50th state. It’s very well known because of Honolulu and even thou smaller than Australia’s Fraser Island, Oahu is the undisputed shopping destination. Shopaholics will delight in Ala Moana Center and a large range of accommodation options including our top pick for you perfect escape, restaurants and plenty of tourist attractions to add to your to-do lists.
Waikele Premium Outlets, Find bargains at Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, Hawaii’s biggest open-air flea market, and locally made threads at South Shore Market, with Honolulu’s coolest boutiques.
Pearl Harbour Tour / Oahu Circle Island Helicopter Tour
Maui wins more “best island” awards than any other Hawaiian island and attracts a steady stream of holidaying celebrities. If you are in it for the food then this is the Island for you, Maui restaurants are the place to taste Hawaii’s fresh flavours through caught-that-morning seafood, high-quality local beef and Maui-grown onions, strawberries, avocados, and more. Most eateries proudly support local farm-to-table cuisine. You can still get your fill of outdoor action on Maui, Soft adventurers can Bike Maui down a dormant volcano, Haleakala, from summit to sea-level, or hike the out-of-this-world slopes of Haleakala National Park.
ISLAND OF HAWAII,
The Island of Hawaii or nicknamed the Big Island is a vast landmass, Hilo on the wet side (east) is Hawaii’s second biggest town, the CBD and hub for Hawaiian language revitalisation. Kona on the dry side (west) is built for holiday-makers. The Hawaiian cultural and spiritual connections are made at the historic sites and parks around the Island.
The Big Island brings the wow factor with once in a lifetime experiences. As the only Hawaiian island with active volcanoes, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the spot for all lava-related pursuits. Feel the warmth of steam vents, navigate underground lava tubes and traverse lava fields with Hawaii Forest & Trail.
As the oldest Hawaiian island, millions of years have gone into Kauai aesthetics. It’s the stuff of which Hawaii dreams are made – deserted white beaches, see-through turquoise ocean, rich green rainforests. One of the wettest places on Earth, it gushes waterfalls, vivid rainbows abound.
Next door, Allerton Garden is a scene straight out of Jurassic Park, the movie. You can’t miss the majestic, perhaps familiar, Moreton Bay fig trees (where Sam Neill’s Dr Grant discovered velociraptor eggs).
LANAI & MOLOKAI,
Lanai and Molokai are two small islands visible off Maui’s west coast.
Lanai’s anchor property is a Four Seasons resort overlooking Hulopoe Bay, which features a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. It’s no surprise Lanai is dubbed Hawaii’s most exclusive isle, those not on a day trip from Maui are usually flying in by private jet.
Molokai has a significant Native Hawaiian population and retains a traditional way of life. The island is unspoiled, has few hotels, and no traffic lights or buildings taller than a coconut tree.
Fewer than 5000 people visit Molokai every year and the locals, while friendly to travellers, prefer to keep tourism at bay.